Overcorrecting is one of the most common causes of car accidents, particularly among inexperienced drivers. It is also one of the more common causes of single-vehicle accidents. Overcorrecting occurs when a car, for example, drifts out of its lane and the driver wrenches the steering wheel suddenly in the other direction. This causes the car’s tail end to swing around in the opposite direction suddenly, causing the driver to lose control.
The Ledger-Enquirer reports on an accident where a car plowed into a garage, killing a young boy.
On Thanksgiving-eve, 12-year-old Braden Stevenson was in the garage with a friend looking for an escaped hamster. The garage was located in Covington, Georgia, and Braden’s father was on the phone with him as he searched.
This is when a car crashed into the garage, landing on top of Braden and pinning him beneath it. 12-year-old Lucas McWilliams, the boy who was with Braden inside the garage, was seriously injured. He was airlifted the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. Braden was killed in the accident.
According to police, the driver of a 1997 Dodge Ram overcorrected on a turn and plowed through the closed garage door. The accident is still under investigation and there may be charges filed against the driver.
Lucas has already had to have multiple surgeries, including having a metal plate from his hip to his knee, pins in both knees, a halo holding his tibia and femur together, and has had 41 units of blood transfusions. More surgeries will be necessary, including one that was scheduled for Thanksgiving Day.
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